May 15th, (2018) (Date of this post, posted by Nick Hearn) FSLG Committee Meeting 24.5.18

This year’s Spring Committee meeting will be held at Boston Spa.  We look forward to seeing our committee members there!

November 14th, (2017) (Date of this post, posted by Nick Hearn) FSLG AGM and STUDY DAY 2017

The Annual General Meeting and mini Study Day of the French Studies Library Group will take place on Monday 11 December at Senate House Library. All WESLINE group members are very welcome to join us.

Draft Programme

12.00-12.15: Arrival. Registration. Tea and coffee.

12.15-13.15: FSLG AGM. As part of the AGM, delegates will be invited to present brief updates on significant developments in their institutions.

13.15-14.00: Sandwich buffet lunch.

14.00-14.45:  Dr Matthew Shaw (Librarian, Institute of Historical Research): ‘Exploring the Francophone collections at the Institute of Historical Research’ (Chair: TBC)

14.45-16.00: Tour of the Institute of Historical Research Library led by Dr Matthew Shaw

16.00-16.30: Coffee/Tea in the Institute of Historical Research café (at own expense).

16.30: Close.

If you wish to attend, please e-mail Kate Courage (, as soon as possible, and by no later than *Monday 4 December*. Please put FSLG AGM 2017 in the subject line. Also please could you state any special dietary requirements.

The cost for the day, to cover morning refreshments and lunch, will be £10. Delegates are asked to pay on the day and will be issued with a receipt by the FSLG Treasurer, Annick Mann.

June 9th, (2017) (Date of this post, posted by Nick Hearn)

FLSG Bursary  available for WESLINE conference 2017!!

The French Studies Library Group (FLSG) is offering a bursary place to attend this year’s WESLINE conference at Warwick University Library on 11 July 2017.

The bursary place includes travel expenses (within the UK) and a free place at the conference to include attendance at all session and lunch and refreshments.

You will  need to explain why you need funding/confirm that your institution is unable to fund your attendance at the conference.

In return for the funding, you will need to produce a conference report within two months of the conference.  Your conference report will be published on the WESLINE website and will be considered for publication in the FSLG Annual Review.

To apply for the free place bursary, please contact Nick Hearn, the Editor of the FSLG Annual Review ( and the FSLG Treasurer, Annick Mann ( Expense forms and receipts should be sent to Annick Mann.

The closing date for applications for the free bursary place is Friday 23 June.

Teresa Vernon (Chair, French Studies Library Group)  on behalf of the FSLG Committee


June 9th, (2017) (Date of this post, posted by Nick Hearn)

WESLINE at Warwick: one day conference, Tuesday 11th July, 2017  UPDATE

Registration form and programme for  this one-day conference now available at:


May 19th, 2017  (Date of this post, posted by Nick Hearn)

WESLINE at Warwick: one day conference, Tuesday 11th July, 2017

We very much hope you will be able to join us for the 2017 WESLINE conference, to be held at Warwick University Library on Tuesday 11th July, 2017.

The full conference programme will be confirmed very soon, but the themes include:

Skills training – Embedding research skills in the modern languages curriculum – from an academic and librarian’s perspective
Collections – including a survey Senate House Library’s romance collections, Warwick’s exhibition on Islam in Germany and a collection of 1930s German film leaflets
Research – the workings of Warwick’s cross-departmental Memory Group

More detail and information on how to book to follow shortly! For now, please hold the date.

November 28th, 2016  (Date of this post, posted by Nick Hearn)

The FSLG Study Day and AGM for 2016 will take place on 5th December, 2016 at Senate House

August, 18th 2016  Posted by Nick Hearn

Please see our Events page to read a short evaluation of the conference and to read a selection of papers from the conference.

May 26th, 2016  Posted by Nick Hearn

WESLINE/COSEELIS Conference 2016 | Wesline

This year WESLINE will be holding its annual conference jointly with COSEELIS on Monday 4th July at the British Library Conference Centre. COSEELIS has kindly agreed to handle registration and payments for WESLINE members. The registration form and invoice, together with the programme, are available on the COSEELIS website:

Please note that the deadline for registration and payments is *22 June 2016*.

The conference will be followed by a wine reception (we hope) and optional conference dinner – buffet-style venue offering a mixture of Asian and Italian dishes.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the conference!



April 13th, 2016   Posted by Nick Hearn

July 4th- 5th, 2016  Date to put in your diary.  There will be a joint WESLINE/COSEELIS conference at the British Library/SSEES.  The first day will be a joint day for both groups and will take place at the British Librayr


April 13th, 2016   Posted by Nick Hearn

There will be a meeting of the FSLG Committee 14th April 2016 at the British Library (Asian & African/European & American Meeting Room, 3rd Floor) at 11am.


December 19, 2015 Posted by Nick Hearn

Booking is now open for the following event, co-organised by Professor Charles Forsdick (University of Liverpool/AHRC) and Teresa Vernon (British Library), held in conjunction with the British Library’s current major exhibition West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song.

West African Literature and Thought in French: Translating Cultures

Friday 22 January 2016, British Library Conference Centre, 10-30-17.00

Some of the most important contemporary writing in French has emerged from West Africa. This event brings together authors – leading writer from the Côte d’Ivoire, Véronique Tadjo-, publishers, translators and other specialists to explore topics including the history of the Francophone West African book as well as the complex processes of translation between oral and literary cultures, and across various other linguistic, historical and political contexts.

Event organized in partnership with the AHRC ‘Translating Cultures’ Theme and the Society for French Studies, with the support of the Institut français

Fuller information will follow in the New Year.


November 12, 2015 Posted by Nick Hearn  – FSLG AGM and STUDY DAY 2015

Am happy finally to be able to put up the draft programme for the FSLG AGM and Study Day. Many apologies for the delay. It would be really helpful if you could email me ( to say whether you are coming to the event or not as we need to pre-order sandwiches. Also please state any special dietary requirements. It would be helpful if you could put FSLG AGM 2015 in the subject line. The deadline for registering is Tuesday, November 24th. We need to know by then how many rounds of sandwiches etc to order.

Draft Programme for FSLG AGM and Study Day Monday, November 30th 2015

All sessions including lunch held in the Durning Lawrence Meeting Room, Senate House, University of London

11:30-12:15 Professor Adrian Armstrong ((Queen Mary, University of London) on research trends in French studies
based on REF 2014, (Chair: Teresa Vernon?)

12:15 – 13:15 Lunch (Sandwich buffet lunch will cost approx £7.50)

13:15 -14:00 FSLG Committee meeting (None committee members may visit the exhibition: “Illumination: how the visual captures the imagination” Senate House Library Convocation Hall Admission Free. Includes French and Francophone items)

14:00-14:45 FSLG AGM

14:45 – 15:15 Mélissa Mayer (Institut français) will present the new version of Culturethèque digital library
(Chair: Nick Hearn?)

15:15 – 15:30 Break

15:30 – 16:15 Dr Dominic Glynn (IMLR) will consider Senate House Library’s collection of works by Paul de Kock,
a now forgotten novelist, and explore issues of collection, translation and reception (Chair: Andrea Meyer

16:15 – 17:00 Dr James Hadley (IMLR) will present a session on Mendeley (the reference management platform)
(Chair: Kate Williams Courage)

Joining instructions and a finalized programme will be sent later. Very much looking forward to seeing you at the end of November!


September 29, 2015 Posted by Nick Hearn  – FSLG AGM and STUDY DAY 2015

FSLG AGM and Study Day to be held in Durning Lawrence Room at Senate House, London University on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30th 2015

The day will include a presentation of the new version of Culturethèque and also a talk about the Modern Languages REF.

More information will follow but do put the date in your diary!

September 7, 2015  Posted by Nick Hearn

WESLINE 2015 one-day conference, British Library (Bronte Room), Monday 7 September

There will be a one-day WESLINE conference this year. The event will be held at the British Library in London on Monday 7 September, and will focus on professional and collections related issues.

The programme will include a focus on digital collections and resources in the morning, and a panel session in the afternoon on library restructures away from subject-based to functional teams. This panel will consider how this shift affects the WESLINE languages studies library groups and how we can remain relevant, and it is intended that the discussion will have a practical outcome.

More information will follow in due course, but in the meantime, do be sure to put the conference date in your diaries!

May 15-16, 2015   Posted by Nick Hearn

Annual Event of AUPHF  (Association of University Professors and Heads of French) at Queen’s University Belfast

May 8th, 2015  Posted by Nick Hearn

FSLG Committee meets Lawrence Durning Room, Senate House, 11:30am – 1:30pm

March 18th, 2014 Posted by Teresa Vernon
March 2014 e-bulletin – LLAS Centre for languages, linguistics and area studies

March 17th, 2014 Posted by Nick Hearn
FSLG Spring Committee Meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 1st at University of Cambridge Library 11:00-16:30pm (combined with visit to Moving Word Exhibition )

March 17th, 2014 Posted by Teresa Vernon
The Annual Event of the Association of University Professors and Heads of French (AUPHF) will take place at the University of Newcastle on Friday 16th May.

February, 20th  2014  Posted by David Lowe, University of Cambridge Library

The moving word: French medieval manuscripts in Cambridge  Click on this link to look at the virtual exhibition about French medieval manuscripts accompanying the Cambridge exhibition in the Milsten Exhibition Centre in Cambridge.  Over 50 medieval manuscripts displayed from the University Library, the Fitzwilliam museum and several colleges.  For a useful overview by Dr Suzanne Paul (Medieval Manuscripts Specialist) go to the blog about the exhibition at European Languages across Borders the blog of the language collections at Cambridge University Library.

December, 10th Tuesday 2013 Posted by Nick Hearn

French novels much loved by readers (from BBC Website)

Why don’t French books sell abroad (from BBC website)

November, 22nd 2013 Posted by Nick Hearn

The British Library Newspaper Library at Colindale is moving to Boston Spa.

November 8th, 2013 Posted by Nick Hearn

FSLG AGM and Study Day will be on Monday, December 16th at Senate House, London (Durning Lawrence Committee Room)

November 8th, 2013 Posted by Teresa Vernon

November 2013 e-bulletin – LLAS Centre for languages, linguistics and area studies

November, 2nd 2013 Posted by Nick Hearn

New European Studies blog at Cambridge

October 31st, 2013  Posted by Teresa Vernon

Latest news is that the Quinzaine littéraire is due to come out again, after the October hiatus, from 1 November 2013 every two weeks as before, that is on the 1st and the 15th of each month, under the title La Nouvelle Quinzaine Littéraire. The new formula will include more economic, social and political topics. 

 The website seems unchanged for the time being, but an online digital version is  promised by the end of the year.

October 30th, 2013 Posted by Teresa Vernon

Lettre d’information du Catalogue collectif de France ( CCFr), n°11, octobre 2013
 October 25th, 2013 Posted by Teresa Vernon

Revue de l’ENSSIB: new e-LIS journal

La Revue de l’enssib is published by  the École nationale supérieure des sciences de l’information et des bibliothèques (ENSSIB)

 ‘Cette Revue est une revue académique, avec un comité scientifique, un comité de rédaction, des comités de lecture ad hoc et un responsable scientifique en fonction des thèmes des dossiers. Elle est numérique pour l’accessibilité et la réactivité (et le coût !).’


 The first issue is now online.

October 14th, 2013 Posted by Teresa Vernon

Bibliothèque de l’Académie nationale de médecine – new website

‘Bienvenue sur notre nouveau site internet.
Sobre et clair, il permettra à tout internaute de se renseigner sur la Bibliothèque de l’Académie nationale de médecine, sur ses collections et ses services avant de s’y rendre. Il donnera aussi accès à des ressources numérisées (imprimés, manuscrits, images et objets) qui s’étofferont dans les années à venir, ainsi qu’à une base des membres de l’Académie depuis son origine…
From :

October 8th, 2013 Posted by Teresa Vernon

New French digital libraries
Numistral – Bibliotheque numerique de la Bibliotheque nationale universitaire de Strasbourg (BNU) (launched 4 October)
Dès l’ouverture au public en octobre 2013, ce sont plus de 40 000 documents, représentant environ 600 000 pages, qui sont ainsi rendus visibles sur mais aussi sur Gallica, la bibliothèque numérique de la Bibliothèque nationale de France, puis, dans un second temps, sur les portails TEL – The European Library[1] et Europeana[2].
Aurelia – Bibliotheque numerique d’Orleans (launched 1 October)
Aurelia, la nouvelle bibliothèque numérique d’Orléans ouverte aujourd’hui 1er octobre 2013, vous propose un fonds unique de près de 23 000 documents numérisés sur Orléans et sa région, du XVe siècle à 1941
And, pour memoire,
Numelyo – Bibliotheque numerique de Lyon (launched in December 2012)
La bibliothèque virtuelle Numelyo est le résultat de la collaboration entre Google et la ville de Lyon, depuis l’accord signé en 2008

October 4th, 2013 Posted by Nick Hearn

French e-book free trial! Jisc Collections is looking into the possibility of an agreement with the French e-book publisher Numérique Premium, and has just announced the start of a free two month trial of its new platform for all its members.

Numérique Premium is a subsidiary of French Publisher Nouveau Monde éditions.  In partnership with 30 publishers and societies from the French-speaking world it offers 1500 French e-books in history, the humanities and social science, divided into 14 thematic collections (average 100 titles).

October 4th, 2013 Posted by Teresa Vernon

La Quinzaine Littéraire in liquidation! It was announced late yesterday evening ( Le with AFP – 3/10/2013) that La Quinzaine Littéraire is in liquidation and is suspended during October (viz, two issues), but plans to publish again from November.

September 24th, 2013  Posted by Teresa Vernon

Lettre de Gallica n°43 : Beethoven / Nadar / Vogue / Conquête du ciel en montgolfière

Plus do check out the blog about Gallica’s new search engine, Exalead

Un nouveau moteur de recherche pour Gallica

And also the blog on La presse coloniale

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